Genetics and Philosophy: An Introduction (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Biology) (Paperback)

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In the past century, nearly all of the biological sciences have been directly affected by discoveries and developments in genetics, a fast-evolving subject with important theoretical dimensions. In this rich and accessible book, Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz show how the concept of the gene has evolved and diversified across the many fields that make up modern biology. By examining the molecular biology of the 'environment', they situate genetics in the developmental biology of whole organisms, and reveal how the molecular biosciences have undermined the nature/nurture distinction. Their discussion gives full weight to the revolutionary impacts of molecular biology, while rejecting 'genocentrism' and 'reductionism', and brings the topic right up to date with the philosophical implications of the most recent developments in genetics. Their book will be invaluable for those studying the philosophy of biology, genetics and other life sciences.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780521173902
ISBN-10: 0521173906
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: June 10th, 2013
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Biology